There's no shortage of love for Portland, Ore. these days. Pumping out quality music acts on a regular basis, the hip city has been hailed as an "indie-rock mecca." This year, Pickathon promises to bring to Portland the "Indie-Roots music event of the year."
Held July 31-Aug. 2 on 80-acre Pendarvis Farm, the festival brings 35 bands to six stages, including Philadelphia-based Dr. Dog as well as Blitzen Trapper, who are Portland locals. Other popular acts, drawn from all over the country, include John Doe and the Sadies, Vetiver, Alela Diane, C.W. Stoneking, Justin Townes Earle, Thao With The Get Down Stay Down and the Hackensaw Boys. It is a diverse group, ranging from the beatboxing Nguyen to alt-folk crooner Paleface, but the thread of roots music and Americana runs throughout the lineup.
In keeping with the spirit of the city itself, the festival emphasizes renewable resources and a "green" festival experience. Wooded trails allow for hiking in between sets, and attendees that play music are encouraged to bring their instruments for pick-up jam sessions. Pickathon is also partnering with the local radio, KBOO, to promote the festival and the Portland music scene.
Tickets are sold by single day as well as weekend passes, ranging from $70-$80 for a single day and $120-$190 for the weekend pass.
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